Monday, April 23, 2012

Rail employment rises across-the-board

Written by  Luther S. Miller

U.S. Class I railroads employed 160,523 workers in mid-March, up 3% from March 2011 and 0.81% from February 2012.

All employment groups registered improvement compared with both the previous year and the previous month.

Train crew employment—transportation (train and engine)—maintained its lead. The total reached 64,612 in March, 3.17% higher than in March 2011 and up 0.31% over February 2012.

The two other big employment groups also posted solid gains. Maintenance-of-way and structures employment reached 36,135 in March, up 3.25% from March 2011 and 09.45% compared with February 2012.Employment in maintenance of equipment and stores rose to 29,736 this March, up 3.31% from last March and 0.46% from February 2012.

The biggest year-over-year percentage increase was among executives, officials, and staff assistants, whose numbers increased 4.04% to 9,556.